Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Little Celebrations: Neverland Party

Meet Katie!!! She recently turned five years old, and had the most amazing Neverland Themed Party to celebrate, thrown by her creative, and fantastically talented mom Amy. Peter Pan is Katie's favorite movie, so when deciding on the theme there was no question. Katie and her little brother dressed as Neverland's finest Tinkerbell and a Peter Pan. Kids invited to the party got in on the fun dressing up as their favorite Neverland characters.

From the food, games, crafts, and decor not one detail was left out. A Tinkerbell cake, Neverland icon cupcakes and cake pops, gummy gators, and doughnut "cannon balls" were just some of the sweet touches added to the fun. Center pieces were large mason jars filled with sand, gold deblumes, and shells. Napkins were folded to resemble Peter Pans hat, and favors for the guests were green and white checkered favor bags filled with pirate loot, candy, and an alligator clicker toy. Each bag was tied with a personalized "thank you", and sealed with a red feather and a clothespin.

If you are thinking of having a Peter Pan or Neverland party look no further than Katie's 5th Birthday Party for inspiration.

The center of the party was this awesome directional sign, pointing the kids to different areas of the party. The kids at the party could be Indian Braves at the Indian Camp, swim with the mermaids in Mermaid Lagoon, play at the Lost Boys Hideout, and craft at Pixie Hollow.

When entering Indian Camp there were feather headpieces for the kids to wear so they could feel like they were one of Big Chief's tribe. Amy purchased this beautiful tent from Pottery Barn Kids, that she decorated with strands of feathers. She used burch wood for the firewood, and cut pieces of red and yellow felt to make it look like fire. The logs were gathered from Arbor Works Tree Services in Tallahassee, Fl. Amy then cu paper feathers and tied them to strings to wrap around each of the logs. If I had to choose this would definitely be my favorite scene from the party! It is absolute perfection!

Mermaid lagoon was sprinkled with shells , and there were two galvanized tubs filled with sand and buried treasure. Two cut outs were placed in this section so kids could put their face in the hole of their favorite Neverland characters for a photo pop. 

The Lost Boys hideout was a play area decorated with fishing net, shells, pirate ship cleats, keys, a parrot, Tink's door, homemade cannon balls, wooden crates, and treasure chests. Kids played with hooks and pirate hats, and vowed to Never Grow Up!

The show stopper was definitely this cardboard ship Amy and her husband put up together in their back yard. This ship was 16 x 16,  and definitely a two man job. They finished off the ship area, with an adorable walk the plank balance board. What a fun idea to add to this Neverland Party! I can see there was a lot of sweat and hard work out put into the party, but it definitely paid off!! Is this not the coolest? 

There was no shortage of fun games and crafts at the party. "Pixie Hollow" was the crafting area. Kids could choose to paint a fairy house, make pixie dust, leave a message in a bottle, or design a treasure chest.  For the fairy house craft kids were each given a wooden house, that they could embellish and paint with wooden paint markers, stickers, and butterfly shaped confetti. When creating pixie dust kids mixed colored sand, glitter, and metallic confetti. They would pour their mixture into a plastic "pixie container" adorned with a Pom Pom and a green leaf. For the message in a bottle craft Kids took maps, sand, seashells, and rocks and stuffed them in plastic bottles topped off with a cork top. 

For gamesAmy created a "Captain Hook's Ring Toss", a treasure hunt which included 10 clues to actual treasure, and a good old fashioned piñata, shaped like the Tick Tock Croc. When designing the ring toss Amy Amy took hooks and sprays intend them, giving them a silver metallic texture. Each hook was glued a piece of ply wood, and decorated with red and gold yarn. When kids hooked a ring, they got a prize! One of the prizes included handmade starfish hair clips.Amy literally thought of every detail. I feel like I am in Neverland just looking at the photos. I could only I,shine what a dream this party was to Katie, and all her friends that came. 

Vendor Credits: 
Photography Jennifer Powell Photography | Wooden Direction Sign The Trashy Side
Thank You Tags, Invitations, Signs, Food Labels Southern Belle's Charm 
Cardboard Pirate Ship Stumps Party Supply |  Tee Pee Pottery Barn Kids

Thank You Amy for sharing this ah-mazing party you threw for your daughter. Thank you to her friend Cheney for nominating her for this feature.  I can tell Katie is a very lucky girl!! Can I just fly you all out to CA so you can do all the crafting for my daughters next party?? Seriously, a jaw dropping soirée. 

Yours Truly,

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